Synopses & Reviews
Sleek and shiny, Airstream trailers have been turning heads on the highways since they first started caravanning across America in the 1930s. These "aluminum skinned gleaming sliver bullets" are currently enjoying a revival in popularity. Praised for their clean lines and timeless aesthetic, movie stars and design buffs are snapping up these vintage beauties. Airstream
equal parts travelogue, cultural history, and biography of Wally Byam, Airstream's charismatic inventor celebrates the trailer's enduring appeal as an icon of simple aerodynamic living. A dazzling array of images tell the story of how Byam, the father of modern trailer travel, created less a product than an entire culture. From the Eiffel Tower to the pyramids of Giza, from the Acropolis to the Golden Gate Bridge, Airstream caravans continue to travel to the far reaches of the earth. Amazing photographs from the Airstream archives document this metallic nomad's significant place in the history of design, from its streamlined origins to its current vogue. Airstream has always been synonymous with the freedom of the open road. Today the dream lives on.
"Adventure is where you find it any place, every place, except at home in the rocking chair." Wally Byam, creator of the Airstream
Equal parts travelogue, cultural history, and biography of Wally Byam, Airstream's charismatic inventory, this volume celebrates the trailer's enduring appeal as an icon of simple, aerodynamic living. 125 illustrations, many in color.
Relates the history of Airstream trailers from their first appearance in the 1930s to the present and discusses how Airstream's inventor, Wally Byam, contributed to the culture of modern trailer travel.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 142) and index.
About the Author
Bryan Burkhart is a designer, storyteller, and Airstream enthusiast, who owns a restored 1962 airstream Flying Cloud. He lives in San Francisco.
David Hunt lives in New York. He writes regularly on art and culture for art/text, Flash Art, and Sculpture.